Improvation: The Improvised Documentary about Innovative Improv and Festivals

About This Improv Documentary Project

Dominica Malcolm interviewing some of the cast of Cotton Gin (Seattle) at Improvaganza! Hawaii Festival of Improv outside Kumu Kahua Theatre
Dominica Malcolm interviewing some of the cast of Cotton Gin (Seattle) at Improvaganza! Hawaii Festival of Improv outside Kumu Kahua Theatre
In September 2018, after being asked to record improv shows at the San Francisco Improv Festival, it occurred to Dominica that it could be valuable to also interview some visiting improvisers, and she decided to embark on a documentary project about improvisers and improv festivals.

The exact topic for the documentary is still evolving, and will be determined once the theme is fully discovered from the interviews.

If you’re interested in supporting this project and following along with the progress, please consider becoming a backer on Patreon.

So far, the following improvisers have been interviewed for this project…

At the San Francisco Improv Festival 2018

  • Kat Brown from Finest City Improv, San Diego
  • Will Frazier, creator of the podcast History Made Up, based in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Yichao, Kyle Henick, and Robert Bolyard from all over (they all met in Seattle but none of them live there any more), who were appearing at SFIF for Dystopia! The Musical
  • Juzo Yoshida and Chad Damiani from Jetzo, based in LA
  • Adam Bowling and Kelly Chambers appearing as The Purdy Twins, based in LA
  • Rolland Lopez and Rich Baker from Rollin’ in the Riches, based in LA
  • Bill Cernansky and Betse Green from B&B, based in Portland
  • Aden Nepom and Eric Nepom, appearing in Dystopia! The Musical at SFIF, but primarily perform together as Manacle, based in Portland

At Improvaganza The Hawaii Festival of Improv 2018

  • Sean T.C. O’Malley from Loose Screws and Oil in the Alley, based in Honolulu
  • R Kevin Garcia Doyle from Loose Screws, On the Spot, and Oil in the Alley, based in Honolulu
  • Elizabeth Westermann, Sarah Hanchar, and Nikolai Schell from Cotton Gin, based in Seattle
  • Garrick Paikai from On the Spot and Executive Producer of Improvaganza The Hawaii Festival of Improv, based in Honolulu

Outside of Improv Festivals

  • Graham Downing from Camp, Super Mega Art Show, and many more, based in Seattle
  • Chris Griswold, based in New York
  • Nick Armstrong from Camp Improv Utopia and Westside Comedy Theater, based in LA
  • BJ Lange and Josh Tariff from Tacklebox, based in LA